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Premier Colin Barnett pays busker $10 to be quiet

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Barnett pays busker to stop playing

The WA Premier wanted no interruptions when he paraded a Hawks jersey around Perth city after losing a bet, so he paid a busker $10 to be quiet.

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A young busker got his tip of the day when Premier Colin Barnett paid him $10 to "be quiet".

The busker was a few metres away from where the Premier, clad in a Hawks guernsey, was holding a press conference about his lost AFL finals bet with Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine.

Mr Barnett said he would pay the busker "a very good 10 dollars to be quiet for three minutes" and handed the money to an assistant before heading over to make the request in person.

WA Premier Colin Barnett passes $10 to his press secretary to quieten a busker playing music. Click for more photos

Lost bet forces Barnett into Hawks guernsey

Premier Colin Barnett was forced to face the public donning the brown and yellow after he lost a bet with the Victorian Premier that the Fremantle Dockers would win the Grand Final. 

"Three minutes, no music, ok?" he said.

The premiers had each backed their own teams ahead of Saturday's grand final, with the loser of the bet to don the opposition's colours and hand out tourism brochures for the other's city on their own home turf.

The Premier, clutching a stack of Melbourne brochures, wandered through the CBD giving footballs, instead of kisses, to small children and travel advice to their parents.

But he won't be getting a job at Tourism Victoria any time soon.

"Oh Melbourne it rains every day. Not much of a river is it, the Yarra, is pretty disappointing," he told one man.

"I tell you the good thing; in winter...you can go and see the Eagles or Dockers every other weekend if you're in Melbourne."

He even suggested the more people visit Melbourne, the better off Perth will be.

"People go over to Melbourne and have a look, they say 'Oh it's pretty nice, but isn't Perth better?' and they all rush back and bring their friends," he said.

Mr Barnett admitted Hawthorn were the "better side on the day" and said he'd accepted the loss with "bitter resignation".

"A bet's a bet. You've got to honour a bet," he said.

"I think football at the end of the day is a game.

"You can't take it too seriously."

He said dressing up in the opposition garb as Dr Napthine's mouthpiece wasn't the worst thing he'd had to do.

"No, not at all and I'm sure there's more embarrassing things to come," he said.

It's the second time this year a high profile sports bet has played out in Perth.

In May, Virgin Airlines founder Richard Branson dressed up in an AirAsia air hostess outfit after losing a bet with AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes over whose team would win the 2010 formula one Grand Prix.

18 comments

  • Its a pity Barney's salary doesnt keep him quiet! Rather listen to a busker.

    Commenter
    petehels
    Date and time
    October 01, 2013, 4:50PM
    • Haha ...
      Why didn't he just give him the money to play softer.
      Of course they could have moved away a little.
      Maybe the busker should have paid him back $5 & told him "can you tone things down a little Barny, & then get back to work".

      Commenter
      Yuppy
      Location
      Yuppy Ville
      Date and time
      October 02, 2013, 11:57AM
  • I would have played louder, then told him to do his press conference somewhere else.

    Commenter
    buzz
    Date and time
    October 01, 2013, 5:00PM
    • Shouldn't the headline be "Shock Horror! Barnett keeps promise!"?

      Commenter
      Jeff
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      October 01, 2013, 5:04PM
      • Well said Jeff!

        Commenter
        Ozzie
        Date and time
        October 01, 2013, 5:21PM
    • Did they have to publish photos of Barnett enough to put you off Hawthorne Co lours for life , and did us tax payers pay for the cost of his lost bet ?

      Commenter
      RonaldR
      Location
      Cockburn central
      Date and time
      October 01, 2013, 5:22PM
      • Did they pay the cost of his trip to the Finals?

        Commenter
        petehels
        Date and time
        October 01, 2013, 5:58PM
    • actually the more Perth people go to Melbourne, the more of their friends they take over next time they go over. I know a number of ex-Perthians who now live in Melbourne and a few (including myself) considering moving over there

      as much as Lisa Scafidi tried to Melbourne up Perth, it just ends up looking more Sydney - nasty, dodgy and over-priced. Give me Brunswick Street any day

      Commenter
      pene
      Location
      perth
      Date and time
      October 01, 2013, 5:31PM
      • So he will honor a bet but not his election commitments, any one want to bet there is an expense claim put in for the $10?

        Commenter
        GraemeH
        Date and time
        October 01, 2013, 5:56PM
        • Short-term fix, Colin. Every busker in WA will zero in on you like flies on the Sunday roast. (Putting it mildly... .) Are short-term fixes worth it?

          Commenter
          Kit Walker
          Location
          Ellenbrook
          Date and time
          October 01, 2013, 6:31PM

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